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PBS's Antiques Roadshow to visit Madison in July

We're all gonna be rich. The PBS series Antiques Roadshow is coming to Madison on July 11, so all we have to do is haul our old junk out of the attic, show it to the Roadshow appraisers, and find out how many thousands of dollars we can sell it for. >More
 Damage control

Frontline's "The Old Man and the Storm" (Tuesday, 9 p.m., PBS) is about Hurricane Katrina's devastation of New Orleans and the government's bungling in the reconstruction. It focuses on one man, Herbert Gettridge, who was determined to rebuild his house in the lower Ninth Ward no matter what. Gettridge is a testament to the indomitable human spirit in the face of impossible odds - and by "impossible odds," of course, I refer to the Bush administration. >More
 Unhappy meal

Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven (Monday, 7 p.m., HBO) goes behind the scenes at the elegant New York City restaurant Le Cirque. That may not sound too dramatic, but you haven't met owner Sirio Maccioni and his sons. >More
 A holly jolly folly

Wisconsin Public Television's 30-Minute Music Hour (Saturday, 9:30 p.m., WHA) departs from its usual diet of regional acts for a national-caliber banquet featuring Grammy-nominated Loudon Wainwright III. Wainwright is a pro at the one-man-with-a-guitar routine. >More
 One for the ages

The Greatest Game Ever Played (Saturday, 8 p.m., ESPN) uses archival TV footage and radio broadcasts to re-create 1958's National Football League championship game between the New York Giants and the Baltimore Colts. Glancing at the title, you say, "No way." But ESPN emphatically answers, "Way." With its dramatic reversals, its unprecedented sudden-death overtime and its titanic players (Johnny Unitas, Rosy Grier, Alan Ameche), this was the game that made America fall in love with pro football. >More
 My liver is your liver

This week's Brothers and Sisters (Sunday, 9 p.m., ABC) begins in disharmony as the Walker siblings scramble to get out of Thanksgiving at their mother's house. All of them except Sarah (Rachel Griffiths) have plans to do something on their own. "I hope you all get salmonella and die," Sarah (sort of) jokes. >More
 Psych: Santa's big score

Psych is my choice for TV's most underrated show. James Roday and Dulé Hill have chemistry to burn as con men who run a psychic detective agency. Every hour delivers laughs, thrills and drama as the partners bumble their way toward solving a crime. The dialogue kills, the characters jump off the screen, and the plots even squeeze a bit of poignancy in between the irony. Where oh where are the Emmy awards? >More
 Season's 'greetings'

Stephen Colbert shines as an egotistical host on his mock right-wing news program The Colbert Report. Colbert satirizes the Fox News worldview while pretending to embody it. He makes war-loving, tax-hating, God-slinging, gay-baiting conservatism look absurd -- even more absurd than it does on The O'Reilly Factor. The Colbert Report is undoubtedly a work of genius. >More
 Filth: Down with dirt

The late Mary Whitehouse was an old-school Christian who spent almost 40 years trying to keep "filth" off England's BBC-TV. Now, in the TV movie Filth (Sunday, 8 p.m., PBS), the BBC has the last word on its longtime adversary. You might expect the word to be "nyah-nyah," but that wouldn't make for a very interesting production. With her censorious views of sex, racy language and liberal thinking of all kinds, Mrs. Whitehouse is easy to mock, especially from a 2008 perspective. >More
 Babysitter of the gods

Supernanny stars British nanny Jo Frost, and the "super" is no exaggeration. The woman can heal any rift, as she proves in this week's episode. >More
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